It was 362 days ago that Elmwood Park (N.J.) three-star quarterback Michael Dare announces his verbal commitment to Rutgers. Dare, however, was a long-time silent commitment after he excelled in a 2013 summer camp.
Committed to Rutgers for nearly two years, Dare makes it official Wednesday when he signs his National Letter of Intent.
“That camp sophomore year literally feels like it was yesterday,” Dare said. “It was where I got my first offer, and then I committed. I thought in my head, ‘oh my God.’ I still have two years until Signing Day. Next thing you know, it’s three days away. It’s crazy how time flies, but I’m about to make my dream come true.”
Dare unofficially visited Rutgers last weekend, and returned Friday for the bells and whistles of an official visit.
“It was the best time of my life to be honest,” Dare said. “It was so much fun. The atmosphere was great with all of the kids, all of the players. Just like last weekend, I felt like I was a player.”
Rutgers hosted four committed visitors – Dare, receiver Dontae Owens, offensive lineman Manny Taylor and defensive end Marques Ford. Dare spent time with the group, and enjoyed time with his future offensive teammates.
“I bonded very well with those guys,” Dare said. “They’re both great guys. Manny is a great kid, I know he’s going to do his work on the line. Dontae is going to be a good wide receiver. I know he’ll make some plays on the ball for us.”
Red-shirt freshman quarterback Giovanni Rescigno, who committed on a January official visit last year, hosted Dare.
“He was a great kid,” Dare said. “I feel like I know him so well. I spent the whole weekend going around campus with him. I learned a lot from him.”
Offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen was a another highlight for Dare.
“I love talking football, especially when it’s with the guru of college football – coach Fridge,” Dare said. “Talking football with him is the best thing a football player could ask for in going over the defenses. Talking to coach [Mike] Teel was a great pleasure also.”